Liquid Laundry Detergent

Home made washing detergent
Suitable for top and front loaders
El cheapo -10 litres of laundry liquid cost about $2
Water from the washing machine can be used on a garden

1 1/2 liters water
1 bar of laundry soap OR 1 cup of soap flakes
1/2 cup of Washing Soda
1/2 cup of Borax or Bi-carb soda

- in a saucepan, add water and soap (grated if using soap bar)
- stir over medium heat until soap dissolves
- add washing soda and Borax, stir until thickened then remove from heat
- pour mixture into a 10 litre bucket, then fill the bucket with tap water and stir
- store it in clean 2 litre milk or juice bottles, don't fill to the top as you will need to shake contents before each use
Use approximately 1/4 cup of mixture per load


  1. Borax in the Washing liquid and possible oversupply of Boron in soil.

    Boron - a trace element is vital in soil - mostly depleted in Australia soil - could be harmful in a large quantity. However, for example, without boron trees would not fruit. Though used in a small amount in the washing liquid, using water to constantly water one garden spot would most likely oversupply with Boron. There are two ways around it:
    - using washing water across the entire garden - will not get oversupply
    - substitute Borax in washing liquid with Bi-carb Soda , so no boron is in washing water.
    Hope this helps.

  2. Hi Roman,

    Do you use a cup of the washing liquid for a large load of washing?

    Ta Barry

    1. Hi Barry, i would use half a cup per a large load.


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